Goodbye old sad peach car park!


Goodbye old sad peach car park! Goodbye old sad peach car park! Hello funksville! Lovely work from Tom Deams for our car park having it’s first face lift in 17 years!...

Celebrating the renewal of our Social Enterprise Mark accreditation


Celebrating the renewal of our Social Enterprise Mark accreditation ‘Making a Mark’ Mark Holder Social Impact Declaration SOFA Project Named from the acronym to Shift Old Furniture Around, ‘SOFA’ Project collects good quality furniture and appliances from local households and businesses in Bristol, to be fully refurbished and sold at as low a price as possible in our retail outlets. We divert items from landfill and unnecessary recycling by collecting unwanted furniture and electrical appliances from households and businesses and then extend their life through re-use. We help those in need by supplying low cost household items through our retail activities. In partnership with other charities, we supply items free to those most in need. To support our activities, we work with other local organisations providing work placements and work experience to those, who, for a number of reasons are currently excluded from the job market. The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement for all applicants and renewing Mark Holders to provide ‘social impact statements’, which illustrate how they are striving to meet their social/environmental objectives. Below are examples of how SOFA Project is Making a Mark, striving to create a positive impact on people and planet. Benefitting people and planet We offer work placements and volunteering opportunities to those currently excluded from employment. Working to refurbish the items that we collect provides good training and work experience opportunities. In 2016, we provided over 45 full time work placements to serving offenders from HMP Leyhill, and we also started providing work placements to young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities. Our main activity continues to be around reuse & recycling, helping to decrease the amount of household...

Furniture Auction in Bristol


Furniture Auction in Bristol When: Saturday 8th and Saturday 22nd October 2016, viewing from 8am and auction from 9am. Where: SOFA Project warehouse, 3 Silverthorne Lane, St Phillips, Bristol BS2 0QD. All stock in our Silverthorne Lane Warehouse must go, it’s our biggest furniture sale ever! Come down to our auction warehouse on Saturday 8th October or Saturday 22nd between 8-5pm to get yourself some bargain furniture. We’re auctioning off; Living room furniture Bedroom furniture Office furniture Kitchen white goods including; fridges, freezers, cookers, washing machines and dishwashers. Top white good brands include; Zanussi, Bosch, LG, Fridgemaster and Beko. and more… Some of our stock:                                            ...

ADVERT: Chair of Trustees


The SOFA Project (SOFA) is a charity and social enterprise which collects & supplies furniture and white goods for reuse in Bristol and the surrounding area. In parallel with this, we challenge social exclusion by providing rehabilitation, employment and volunteering opportunities in our workshops and retail outlets. Our work helps to preserve the environment by reusing and recycling manufactured goods. SOFA is seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees to work in partnership with the CEO, with a particular interest in environmental initiatives and supporting those in need. The Trustees of SOFA have a broad range of skills including law, accountancy, fundraising, HR, social enterprise consultancy and senior management expertise. Six Trustee meetings are held each year and in order to contribute to the decision making process Trustees are expected to visit the workshops, retail premises and to join sub-committees as required in order to better understand the business. The Chair of Trustees will be responsible for the following: Providing leadership to the Trustee board ensuring that all Trustees fulfil their duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the SOFA Project Supporting the Chief Executive in meeting strategic goals We are looking for someone with a broad range of skills and experience including: Leadership Sound business acumen & management Board participation in the corporate or not-for-profit sector We are particularly interested, but not exclusively, in attracting candidates who live in Bristol and who understand the communities we serve. If you would like to know more about what is involved in this role, please contact our current Chair of Trustees Colin Evans colpb@blueyonder.co.uk. For a detailed job description...